Horwood suffer first defeat despite brilliant Nix ton

Horwood first team captain Stuart Parker, club chairman Alan Sirett, Touchstone Buckingham branch manager Denise Earwicker and second team captain Gary Lee
Horwood first team captain Stuart Parker, club chairman Alan Sirett, Touchstone Buckingham branch manager Denise Earwicker and second team captain Gary Lee

Great Horwood slumped to their first defeat of the season when they were narrowly beaten by Minster Lovell despite a superb quick-fire hundred from Josh Nix.

Batting first, Matt Thatcher made a patient 32 at the top of the order but the rest of Horwood’s batsmen failed to make an impact and at the halfway stage, when Thatcher departed, the visitors appeared in deep trouble at 67-5.

Josh Nix

Josh Nix

Nix, though, transformed the entire innings and after a watchful start, he dispatched the bowling to all parts of the ground as he hit 12 sixes in an incredible innings, which culminated in his first century in senior cricket. He was eventually bowled for 110 from just 55 balls, an innings that took Horwood to 227 in the 43rd over.

Chris Mcstraw (17) Olly Prendergast (15) and Haydon Morrison (14 no) all supported Nix and Horwood closed on 239-9 off their 45 overs.

The visitors struggled to contain Minster in the home side’s reply, however, and they were unable to stop the flow of runs, with the exception of Adam Armitage, who took 2-38.

Minster eventually reached the target with three overs to spare and for the loss of four wickets as Horwood contributed to their own downfall by dropping five catches.

Great Horwood IIs, meanwhile, continued their good form with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Hanney at Nash Road on Saturday.

Skipper Gary Lee lost the toss and the visitors opted to bat on sunny day, but Simon Ridgway recorded excellent figures of 12-6-14-3 and James Waddington took 3-19 while Neil Taylor’s 3-10 saw Hanney dismissed for just 66.

In reply Gary Lee and Neil Taylor put on 55 for the first wicket in only nine overs before Taylor was dismissed, but Lee saw his side home and finished unbeaten on 38.

Great Horwood have also announced that they have signed a sponsorship agreement with Touchstone Residential Lettings. The property management specialists, who have a portfolio across the UK, confirmed a three year deal which will see all of Horwood’s teams wear the Touchstone logo on their playing shirts, along with pitch side advertising and publicity.

Horwood chairman Alan Sirett said: “For a club like ourselves to be in partnership with a company of Touchstone’s stature shows how progressively we are thinking.

“Their reputation will help raise our profile, while in return we can promote the Touchstone brand across the wide area we play.

“Initially the finances will be used to equip all our teams in professional quality playing kit, in subsequent years we will use Touchstone’s support to develop facilities at the club, primarily for the youth section.”

Touchstone’s Buckingham Branch Manager Denise Earwicker added: “For over 20 years Touchstone has been providing residential letting and management services to corporate landlords throughout the United Kingdom and to private landlords through a network of offices across the south of England.

“We are regulated by RICS, NALS and ARLA and we are a founder member of Safeagent.

“Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, our ambition is to be constantly setting the standard in everything we do by making our service personal and offering the best service and advice we can. Our values are to act responsibly, to take care and to be responsive.

“If you have a property to let or are looking for a place to let please pop in and see myself or any of the friendly team at the Buckingham Branch.”